Resources for Leaders

Listed below are the titles and a short description of those videos that have been added to the Extension collection. All are available for you to check out and use.

Poultry Learning Laboratory Kit After more than a year's wait, we finally have received a poultry learning lab kit that is like the other instructional kits we've purchased from Ohio over the past couple of years. This is the final kit that we have been waiting to receive.
The poultry learning lab kit is a great resource for club meetings, project workshops and skillathon contests. Like the other animal instructional kits, the poultry kit includes numerous activities such as breed identification, bird comb identification, carcass quality grading, medication label interpretation, breed traits, bird parts identification, meats ID activities, egg judging and quality grading, equipment identification and quality assurance activities.

Carrying the Ball for a Great Meeting We've purchased a new video from North Dakota called "Carrying the Ball for a Great Meeting." This meeting explores ways to have better, more exciting 4-H club meetings. Some tips include starting and ending on time, sharing responsibilities, involving others, knowing parliamentary procedure, and planning. The video discusses the three major parts of a club meeting--fun, business and learning. This video supports our current officer training materials and could be used in a training session for them. (Fargo, ND: North Dakota State University Extension, 1995). 8 minutes running time.

Lawn & Garden Equipment Learning Kit To supplement our new Small Engines Project, we have purchased this learning kit that is very similar to the other kits we've acquired for beef, sheep, goat, dog and horse. This kit provides numerous activities for helping youth learn about working with small engines and compliments nicely the activities in our member manuals. Some of the activities included in this kit are: equipment identification, tool identification, engine parts identification, differences between 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines, safety attire, troubleshooting, engine maintenance, spark plugs, blade sharpening and much more. There's even a model of a two-cycle engine. This kit can be checked out from our office.

GET REAL/GET ACTIVE! Get Real/Get Active is a new video and activity guide produced by Wisconsin 4-H in cooperation with Wisconsin Public Television and includes a variety of activities just for kids in four areas: theater, aerospace, dogs, and diversity/understanding others. The target ages for this series are 6 to 12 years, but you can adapt the activities for younger or older kids. This award-winning series contains 20 segments that are ideal for youth groups, after-school clubs, summer day camps, home school enrichment programs, community center youth groups and exploring projects for 4-H'ers renrolled in their first year. You can pick and choose any activity that interests youth and use them in any order. Segments are timed on screen so they are easy to locate and can be used in any order. Just cue up the tape and "Get Real and Get Active!" This video and activity guide can be used to supplement activities for Cloverbuds and those enrolled in the Exploring 4-H project.

Tractor Safety CD-ROM The subject of tractor safety can be pretty boring, especially to active high school students who are usually taught from a dry textbook. No more! We have acquired a new interactive educational aide for teaching tractor safety called "Tractor Operation: Gearing Up for Safety." Produced at Purdue University, this CD is easy to install and includes interactive activities, video, 3-D animation and sound to teach key tractor safety topics and issues. This CD makes learning almost as much fun as trying out a new John Deere. Research on the program showed that youth who used this method of learning were significantly more effective in relaying the concepts than students who simply used printed manuals or other materials. Youth using this CD also demonstrated 50% greater knowledge acquisition than youth who were taught by other methods. We have placed one copy for check out in Extension Publications, but you can also order your own copy for $10 by writing to: Indiana Rural Safety and Health Council, 1146 ABE Building, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1146 or phone 765.494.5013

Horse Judging CD-ROM Kansas State University has also just produced an award-winning CD-ROM for teaching youth how to judge horses and give oral reasons. I have previewed the video and it's excellent. There are several classes of horses to judge, video clips of different ways of giving reasons, horse breed identification, conformation information and much more. We have purchased one copy which will be available through Extension Publications. However, if you have youth interested in horse judging and want to help them prepare for the contest at Montana 4-H Congress, you may want to order your own copy. The CD is reasonably priced at $19.95, including shipping. Send a check or money order to: Mark Arns, PhD, Animal Science & Industry, Weber Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Make checks payable to "Extension Animal Sciences."

It Takes More Than Love Video Kit for Parents. We've placed this new video-based parenting curriculum in the holdings at Extension Publications. The program focuses on building assets in children and can be used with large groups as a four-week course or can be taken home and watched in one hour by individual families. Included with the curriculum is a leader's guide and a four part series of videos titled: Carousels and Commitments; Legos and Egos; Blue Jeans and Boundaries; and Crayons and Community. A special condensed 20-minute video, called "Building Blocks: A Parent's Guide," presents a synopsis of the four programs and is especially designed as a take-home piece for busy families who cannot participate in a four-week course. The program focuses on four types of parenting: Intentional Parenting, Value-Centered Parenting; Nurture-Centered Parenting; and Inclusive Parenting. A reference book, called What Kids Need to Succeed, is also included in the kit and provides specific tips for enhancing assets in children. Promotional flyers are also included. The program is very adaptable to a variety of settings and would be an appropriate follow-up to parents who want more after participating in the "Developing Capable People" course. You can order your own kit by calling 1-800-733-3413. Cost is $99.95. Additional support pieces are available so that each participant has materials. (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Youth and Family Institute, 1995)

Starting Small: Teaching Tolerance in Preschool and the Early Grades. This adult-oriented package would be a great in-service training for educators and includes both a video and text to profile innovative strategies for teaching tolerance and understanding in the early years. The 58-minute video is designed to promote staff discussion and personal reflection on effective ways of fostering respect for differences. Specific lesson plans are NOT included but the program is designed to help teachers and educators develop their own strategies for community-building in learning environments. (Montgomery, AL: Southern Poverty Law Center, 1998). 58 minutes

Get the Showmanship Edge. Produced by the American Angus Association, this 7-minute video illustrates how you can get your calf ready for the show. The object is to get the cattle to look the best they possibly can. The video also comes with a short (8 pages) explanatory booklet titled "Fitting: A Behind the Scenes Look." (St. Joseph, MO: American Angus Association, 1998). 7 minutes.

Angus: Fit to Show. This 6 minute video shows how to groom an Angus heifer. The goal is to help you prepare your heifer so that you can show off her best qualities at the show. But remember: no two fitters clip or dress cattle exactly the same. And not all animals are alike, and each requires different techniques. But this video will outline some of the basic techniques to get your Angus heifer ready for the show. (St. Joseph, MO: American Angus Association, 1998). 6 minutes.

Getting in a Food Mood (9 minutes). Nourish your 4-H members with this video. The Getting in a Food Mood video is designed to help you do exactly that and accompanies the leader's guide we introduced into the beginning foods project last year. It's a useful curriculum tool which presents various approaches for teaching about a critical issue--food! Discussed are points of view about food production, the roles consumers play and much more. The curriculum is designed to be used with youth ages 8 to 15 years. New in 1998!

Carrying the Ball for a Great Meeting! (8 minutes). This video explores ways to have better, more exciting 4-H club meetings. Some tips include starting and ending on time, sharing responsibilities, involving others, knowing parliamentary procedure, and planning ahead. The video discusses the three major parts of a club meeting--fun, business and learning. This video supports our current officer training materials and could be used in a training session for them. New in 1996!

Jack Sprat's Table: A Foods & Nutrition Game

This fun-filled board game helps youth understand the new food guide pyramid and daily food choices using food cards and Jack Sprat's "Fat Bucks" The goal of the game is to acquire food cards representing at least the minimum number of servings of each food group with at least one "Fat Buck"left. The play of the game features such thrills as bankruptcy, exercise, bumping another play back to start, and buying and selling food cards. This table game is a fun way to hold a project meeting for foods members and will help them learn about informed food choices. (If you want to order your own copy, the game is available from: Kansas LEAN, 130 South Market, 6th Floor, Wichita, KS 67202-3802 or call 316-337-6050. Cost is $30.00).

A Video Guide to Parliamentary Procedure (26 minutes). This new video can teach 4-H members and others the fundamentals of parliamentary procedure. The video features Tracey hagen, national FFA officers and while the video highlights the national FFA career development event, it does an effective job teaching about parliamentary procedure. The video covers topics such as where parliamentary procedure is used, why it is helpful, who uses it, where it came from, and how it can help you become a more active and informed participant in meetings. New in 1997!

The Heart of the Matter: Animal Rights and Personal Beliefs. (21 minutes) This video tape targets basic philosophical concepts related to the subject of animal rights/welfare. The video is suitable for high school youth, agricultural groups, and the general public. This though-provoking and entertaining video is guaranteed to be a lively discussion starter. Comes with a facilitator's guide. (Texas A & M University, 1993).

Animal Agriculture: Myths & Facts. (18 minutes). Produced by the Animal Industry Foundation (AIF), this video describes the basics of animal agriculture and how it contributes to our current standard of living. Featured are a hog facility, chicken farm, and a dairy operation involved in veal production. (AIF, 1990).

How to be a "Fair" Judge. (120 minutes). This video is a recording of the 2-hour satellite training conducted by faculty at Washington State University. The video feature both live and pre-recorded sessions aimed at improving the judging experience at fairs. It focuses on the development of a uniform judging system which will improve judging for volunteers, extension faculty who train judges, and fair superintendents. (Washington State University, 1992).

More Than Meets the Eye. (11 minutes). This video tape is a training and orientation program for 4-H leaders who teach others about demonstrations and other public presentations. The video covers the basic components of a good public presentation, how to design attractive posters, and other essentials. (Kansas State University, 1990).

You Know Us If You Know the Inside Story...The Whole Story. (7 1/2 minutes). Produced by the National 4-H Council, this video tape target's the public's perceptions about 4-H and is designed to recruit potential volunteers and solicit financial donors. It features Roger Beach, President of Unocal, and is a good door-opener for county and state Extension staff in community meetings about 4-H. (National 4-H Council, 1994).

Youth Protection Guidelines--Boy Scouts of America. (90 minutes). Developed by Boy Scouts of America, this in-depth video tape covers the importance of preventing child abuse in youth programs. The video portrays several real incidents in role play formats, focusing on preventing problems and screening volunteers. (Boy Scout of America, 1990).

4-H Electrical Science Program. (12 minutes). This short video compliments the 4-H electrical project and covers the basics of electricity and electrical science. (1991).

Careers in Veterinary Medicine. (30 minutes). A degree in veterinary medicine opens a world of career opportunities--from a traditional veterinary practice in a clinic to a career in research, industry, public health, education or specialized animal care. This video introduces several of the unique and rewarding career options available to today's veterinarians. (The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, 1993).

Food Safety and Animal Drugs: testing...testing...testing. Today's consumers want to be assured of food safety and rely on the wholesomeness of food from animals. American farmers and ranchers likewise rely on pharmaceuticals and vaccines to keep their food-producing animals healthy and use such methods to improve the efficiency of food production. This video highlights the process that all food animal drugs, biologicals and pesticides go through before any are allowed on the market. It shows how the federal approval process assures that these products have been proven safe and effective--safe for the animal, safe for the environment, safe for people who handle the products, and most importantly, safe for food consumers. An informational brochure detailing the seven step process of inspection and safety through which all animals must pass. The video is 12 minutes long and five copies are available for check-out through Extension Publications.

Trace Mineral Salt: It Doesn't Cost, It Pays. (20 minutes). For thousands of years, it has been known that both domestic and wild animals need salt in their diets just as man does. This video tape highlights the importance of salt in animal diets and extols the virtues of ensuring that trace mineral salt is a part of a daily diet. The video script is specifically targeted at 8-12 year olds. A 42-page booklet, Salt and Trace Minerals for Livestock, Poultry, and Other Animals, accompanies the video and explains in detail the role of salt in the diet of various classes of animals. (Alexandria, VA: Salt Institute, 1993).

Quality Assurance...For 4-H Swine Producers. (25 minutes). Quality assurance in pork products is attained through the observance of proper withdrawal times for medications and drugs. This video covers the importance of observing withdrawal times through a mock 4-H swine project meeting with a local veterinarian and a swine project leader. Together, they cover the three methods of administering medications--through feeds, through watering and through injections. Providing a safe and nutritious food supply is critical for pork producers, and this video tape shows how 4-H members can participate in developing quality assurance. (Ames, IA: Iowa State University, 1992).

Decision-Making in Youth Groups. (30 minutes). This video tape comes with a complete facilitator's guide and is designed to help adult volunteers or teen leaders teach the decision-making process needed by all people. The tape is targeted for youth aged 10-13 years and can be used in a 90-120 minute workshop setting or can be broken into four shorter segments. (Deryle Waldren & Marcia McFarland, 1993).

Cooperative Learning. (16 minutes). This video tape examines cooperative learning through group role-plays to illustrate key elements of cooperative learning, such as shared tasks, individual responsibility, mutual inter-dependence and a common goal. The video also includes content from cooperative learning sessions conducted at the Iowa State Fair and in a high school classroom. A basic theme is that cooperative learning can be used in nearly any group to bring about more effective learning and greater social skills within the group. (Iowa State University, 1992).

Sheep and Ewe: Learning Cooperatively. (15 minutes). This video tape provides several examples of cooperative learning interactions between a leader and 4-H members as they work through part of the "Sheep and Ewe" activity kit. (Iowa State University, 1992).

I'm OK, You're OK: Building Self-Esteem in Youth. (19 minutes). This video tape shows adult volunteer leaders how they can help young people feel a sense of success and accomplishment at what they do as well as learn how to take personal responsibility for the decisions they make. The program illustrates key concepts through the use of role plays involving 4-H clubs and groups. (Purdue University, 1990).

Kids and Competition: Striking a Balance. (23 minutes). Competition and cooperation are part of a young person's everyday experiences. Adults are the most influential role models in a child's world, and so often it's their attitudes and actions that determine a child's positive or negative reaction to competition. The philosophy of child first, winning second is easy for most adults to endorese, but it is more difficult to practice in the heat of a competitive contest. That's why striking a balance is the theme of this video. This is a well-done video that uses role plays and real situations to communicate the message of balance. (Ames, IA: Iowa State University, 1992).

A Question of Ethics. (20 minutes). Youth livestock shows around the nation have been plagued in recent years with widely publicized cases of unethical behavior of a few individuals. However, educational programs to address ethics in the showring have been non-existent--until now. This video addresses ethics in the showring and comes complete with a facilitator's guide and promotional flyer. The program uses a combination of humor and common sense to address unethical behavior at livestock shows and concentrates on the "people" side of the equation. The first half of the video examines various unethical practices occuring in livestock shows--illegal administration of drugs, false ownership, physical alterations of animals, and use of professional groomers. The second half concentrates on the ultimate reason we have a youth livestock program--youth development. This video will entertain you. (Texas A & M University, 1994).

Judging Beef Breeding Cattle. (20 minutes). This video showws important points to look for in breeding cattle. Youth learn that performance is the only objective means of evaluation, and how "Expected Progeny Differences" (EPDs) fit into the process of selection. Visual appraisal is also covered, and youth learn how experts evaluate breeding cattle to select outstanding cows and bulls for improving herds. At the end of the video, youth get an opportunity to evaluate a practice class on their own. (Visual Education Productions, 1994).

Judging Market Swine. (20 minutes). This video teaches youth what to look for in a perfect ("industry standard") animal, and how to judge contest animals' shortcomings by comparison--then how to make comparisons between animals in the same class. This video contains many good tips for polished performances, as well as information to sharpen judging skills. (Visual Education Productions, 1994).

Judging Market Lambs. (20 minutes). Youth learn to use three tools to recognize the "idelal market lamb"--visual appraisals, handling, and LOTS of practice. This comprehensive video gives judging team members the details necessary for success in each of these areas. Give your judging team every advantage with this educational video. (Visual Education Productions, 1994).

Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Contest--Leader's Guide. (42 minutes). The idea for a wildlife evaluation contest was developed in the 1970's by Jim Byford, an Extension wildlife specialist in Tennessee. Since then, the contest has spread across the nation. This video explain everything leaders need to know to prepare youth for participating in such a contest. Activities in the habitat evaluation contest include: foods for different species; interpreting aerial photos and ranking habitats; habitat management practices; writing rural wildlife management plans; and writing urban wildlife management plans. (Kansas State University, 1992).

Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Contest--Member's Skills and Activities. (12 minutes). This companion video to the leader's guide provides youth members with some skills and activities that are necessary to excel in the five areas of wildlife habitat evaluation. (Kansas State University, 1992).

Grooming Your Short-Haired Cat. (30 minutes). Lucille Regan, professional groomer, author, and breeder, shows and explains how to groom short-haired cats to look and feel their feline best. The down-to-earth approach Lucille uses makes grooming easy and pleasant for both owner and cat. Lucille has performed grooming demonstrations at major CFA cat shows throughout the U.S. (Cat Fanciers' Association, 1994).

Grooming Your Long-Haired Cat. (30 minutes). Lucille Regan, professional groomer, author, and breeder, shows and explains how to groom long-haired cats to look and feel their feline best. The down-to-earth approach Lucille uses makes grooming easy and pleasant for both owner and cat. Her total approach, including pre-grooming training will have your cat looking forward to its next grooming. Lucille has performed grooming demonstrations at major CFA cat shows throughout the U.S. (Cat Fanciers' Association, 1994).

Tackling Tough Stuff. (27 minutes--3 segments). This program helps to teach youth the skills to manage stress and depression. The seven lessons in this program contain leader information adn a selection of experiential activities for young people ages 12-18 years. A videotape, "Just Listen," accompanies lessons 1-3. An activity packet with read-to-copy and use masters makes the material easy to duplicate. The program helps teens learn how to cope constructively, communicate assertively, solve problems creatively and build support systems. (University of Minnesota, 1987).

Are You Ready? (30 minutes). This program is a complete educational package designed to help young people take the initial steps towards selecting a career. The program comes with a teaching and discussion guide and a modern video to assist youth in career planning. (JC Penney Company, 1990).

Has Anybody Seen Phil? (30 minutes). I first saw this program at the WestMont Camp and it was used by a teen leader group. The program is a drama about stress among teenagers and raises questions about how to cope. Includes both a discussion and teaching guide as well as a video tape. (JC Penney Company, 1990).

Raising Responsible Teens: Building Community Coalitions. (90 minutes). This program, co- sponsored with the University of Wisconsion hospitals, is the first of a three-part series geared toward youth serving professionals to help them address the problem of preventing teenage alcohol abuse. The program features videotape examples of collaborations from around the nation, with a specific focus on the "Beyond Blue Bay" project in Polson, Montana. Appropriate audiences include county Extension faculty, youth-serving professionals including physicians, health care providers, teachers, guidance counsellors, members of the clergy and other members of each community's human service network. (University of Wisconsin, 1993).

Collecting Bugs for 4-H. (26 minutes). This video tape discusses the equipment used to collect insects and shows how to use sweep nets for collecting. Shows what insects can be found in areas around trees and gardens, water locations, in and around the house, collecting insects at night, and insects that are found around pets and livestock. Shows how to collect insects using traps. (Kansas State University, 1987).

Pinning and Mounting Insects. (37 minutes). This video describes the equipment needed for preserving insects, types of pins to be used, actual pinning of the insects, proper labelling of the mounted insects, how to mount butterflies and moths. (Kansas State University, 1987).

Total Quality Management (TQM) Curriculum for Youth Livestock Producers. This series of seven videos was jointly produced by Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska Extension Services, and will be of interest to those concerned with food safety, animal production and youth development. The Total Quality Management Curriculum for Youth Producers is a teaching aid for adults who work with youth involved in livestock projects--sheep, swine, fish, beef, poultry, and dairy.

The package includes 7 video tapes with 20 brief video segments to use with 17 hands-on learning activities and a leader's guide complete with ready-to-copy masters of handouts and activities. The TQM approach emphasizes three principles of livestock production: focus on the customer or consumer; use resources effectively and efficiently; and improve your problem-solving skills in order to continually improve your product.

When 4-H members begin a food production project, they also assume legal and moral obligations to produce a wholesome and safe product for human consumers. The TQM program helps youth understand these obligations in the current projects as well as for future production. The series can be used in a variety of ways, focusing on a specific topic (like giving injections to various species of animals) or focusing on just those activities related to one species. The curriculum is designed to be delivered in a variety of settings including 4-H clubs, special interest groups, as part of camps or conferences, and in agriculture classrooms as an enrichment programs. (University of Nebraska, 1994).

Tape 1: Total Quality Management for Youth Producers

TQM: Planning for Profit (19:59)

Handling Livestock Safely (9:28)

Developing My Total Quality Management Plan (9:46)

Tape 2: Aquaculture

Aiming for Quality Fish (8:05)

Using Chemicals in Aquaculture (7:55)

Tape 3: Beef

Aiming for Quality Beef (10:09)

Giving Injections to Raise Healthy Beef (8:28)

Implanting Beef (6:42)

Tape 4: Dairy

Aiming for Quality Dairy Products (8:30)

Milking Techniques (9:30)

Providing a Quality Environment for Dairy Cows (9:35)

Tape 5: Poultry

Aiming for Quality Poultry Products (6:18)

Medicating Poultry (8:21)

Providing a Quality Environment for Poultry (5:37)

Tape 6: Sheep

Aiming for Quality Lamb (8:33)

Selecting Genetics for Quality Sheep (7:33)

Giving Injections to Raise Healhty Sheep (7:30)

Tape 7: Swine

Aiming for Quality Pork (9:45)

Immunizing Swine (7:45)

Using Genetics for Quality Pork (8:10)

Veterinary Science, Unit 1--The Normal Animal. (57 minutes). This video tape supports each chapter in the Normal Animal unit of the 4-H Veterinary Science project. Short segments for each chapter are presented on the tape. (University of Nebraska, 1989). The units include:

Attitude & Behavior (5:29)

Skin, Membranes & Intestional Discharge (6:56)

Body Temperature, Pulse & Respiration (8:48)

Maintaining Animal Health (10:48)

Cleaning and Disinfection (6:51)

Cells of the Animal Body (4:43)

The Tissues of the Animal Body (4:58)

The Organs and Systems of the Animal Body (4:02)

Veterinary Science, Unit 2--Animal Diseases. (50 minutes). This video supports each chapter of the Animal Diseases unit of the 4-H Veterinary Science project. Short segements for each chapter are presented on the tape. (University of Nebraska, 1989). Units include:

Introduction to Disease (10:50)

Bacteria and Disease (12:20)

Virus and Disease (10:45)

External Parasites (12:36)

Internal Parasites (16:25)

Nutrition and Disease (10:10)

Poisons and Disease (7:40)

Stress and Disease (7:10)

Heredity and Disease (6:07)


This video teaching package is designed for youth audiences and helps youth become aware of clothing accessories and helps them use accessories to create the personal appearance they desire. The program is a cooperative venture between Extension specialists in Florida and Kentucky, the McCall Pattern Company and the National 4-H Council. The video is accompanied by a instructor's guide. Washington, D.C.: National 4-H Council, 1995. (11 minutes).


Over 60% of all horse-related deaths involve head injuries. Many of these could be preventing simply by wearing an approved helmet. Yet, in a medical study of brain and spinal injuries, less than 2% of those admitted were wearing protective headgear. This video is a "must see" for every member of the horse community. Produced by North By Northwest Productions for Washington State University Cooperative Extension and the Washington State 4-H Foundation, this video educates riders, parents, and instructors of the need for protective headgear when riding a horse. The video blends interviews with excellent footage of horses--Western, English, Saddleseat, driving, trail riding, eventing, cutting, dressage--to show the benefits of wearing the proper headgear, as well as the unfortunate consequences of riding without one. (Pullman, WA: Washington State University, 1995). Length: 22 minutes


In our continuing effort to expand and update our audio/visual holdings, we've just purchased the "Super Sitters" training package. This package includes a complete baby-sitting curriculum as well as videos, text materials, and a resource guide. The program teaches sitters how to promote the well-being and self-esteem of children, and to take an active role in their care, growth, and development. Also included with the package is The Emergency Action video which teaches sitters how to treat the eight most common medical emergencies. The entire package was developed by Dr. Lee Salk who is a professor of psychology in Psychiatry and a contributing editor to Baby Talk Magazine.


We have just recently purchased a new series of videos to support the horse project that you can now check out for viewing through Extension Publications. Titled "A Little Horse Sense," this series consists of six videos, each about 30 minutes in length, designed to guide safer horsemanship. Each tape includes a study guide as well. Titles included are:

Tape 1: Handling and Moving the Horse--the right way to approach your horse; covers haltering, leading, gates, basic lungeing, tying and letting your horse loose. Stresses safety and planning for the unexpected around your horse.

Tape 2: Basic Horse Care and Grooming--covers elements of the grooming kit, a toe-to-head inspection of your hose, care of your horse's coat, washing, elementary first aid tips, feeding basics and watering your horse.

Tape 3: Tack and Equipment Basics--covers tack care and use, saddling, bridles and bits, leather care, pads, blankets and boots.

Tape 4: Get On, Stay On and Get Off--covers mounting and dismounting while maintaining control of the horse; how to keep a balanced seat on your horse; rider exercises to develop the correct riding position.

Tape 5: Rider Body Language and Safety--covers your horse's body language: ears, tail, head, body, legs, and sounds; human body language as it relates to horse; safe and efficient horseman's attire.

Tape 6: Basic Riding Safety--covers preparation for a ride, trail safety and rule and ring etiquette; what to do if the horse bucks, kicks, rears, shies, bolts, dumps you or you lose your reins.

Each tape is hosted by Melissa Nickert-Eyers who is an accomplished horse rider, owner, and teaching who has won many competitions in the Mid-South Region Eight USCTA. Yvonne Kapano is the teacher who has taught hundreds of amateur and professional riders over the last 15 years and is the dressage instructor at the Rainbow Canyon Ranch in California where the videos were filmed. Finally, Bob Ranalli is the safety consultant who is a member of the Los Angeles Mounted Enforcement Detail and is the departmental equitation consultant.


In addition to the horse videos listed above, we've also purchased two copies of a new breads series to augment the foods curriculum. Sponsored by Martha White Foods, Inc. and developed by the University of Kentucky, this series will be of interest to members and leaders interested in breads. Each video includes 5 topics:

-- Quick Breads: Cornmeal Muffins (7 minutes)

-- Quick Breads: Muffins (11 minutes)

-- Quick Breads: Banana Nut Loaf (9 minutes)

-- Yeast Breads and Rolls (18 minutes)

-- Biscuits (11 minutes)


Last month, we taped the national satellite video conference that introduced and explained how to use these new animal science curriculum support materials developed by Washington, Oregon and Ohio State Extension Services. The video features the curriculum developers who describe how to use the new learning kits they developed. We have placed a copy of the video in the Extension Publications video holdings and it's now available for your check out from them. The video covers the six units of instruction included in the leader's guide:

Unit 1--Attitudes and Responsibilites towards Animals and Food Production

Unit 2--Animal Handling and Exhibition

Unit 3--Housing

Unit 4--Livestock Feeds and Feeding

Unit 5--Animal Health Practices

Unit 6--Public Perceptions of Animal Agriculture

Each of the six units includes two levels: an introductory and an advanced level of instruction to meet the different abilities and interests of youth. The advancement program allows young people to work at their own pace and have opportunities for immediate success. Checksheets are provided which are similar to those found in the new Minnesota Animal Science Life Skills materials. All tasks should be completed in each unit, but all units do not need to be completed consecutively. The curriculum also includes achievement levels, corresponding to the direction we've been moving in our other projects. Youth must gain specific skills in order to complete each level of the program before moving on.

The facilitator's guide which comes with the lab kits includes information on ages and stages of youth, the experiential learning model, fair preparation checklists, packer carcass evaluation forms, and exhibitor checklists to use prior and during the fair.

We have purchased one set of each of the four Livestock Learning Laboratory Kits--one each for beef, sheep, swine and dairy. These laboratory kits are SUPERB resources for project leaders and were developed using the Exploratory Learning Model and the scientific process to help youth learn in an exciting, active, hands-on manner. Each kit contains a wealth of learning activities including--

-- leader's curriculum guide and accompanying instructional video tape

-- animal medication product label poster

-- animal medication product insert poster

-- medication bottle and syringe-style pipette

-- animal skeleton structure poster

-- animal handling and management poster

-- animal parts identification poster

-- structural correctness poster, focusing on feet and leg characteristics

-- wholesale meat cut poster

-- color photographs of breeds and breed traits

-- color retail meat identification photos

-- resource materials master set for the leader

-- much, much, more.

All posters, photographs, and label tags are fully laminated with answer keys on the reverse side. Velcro backing on all labels allows for easy placement on posters. Each kit is packaged in a durable canvas carrying case for easy use, storage, and transportation. Materials are designed for those in grades 3-12. These kits are real quality resources for leaders.

Because each individual lab kit is relatively expensive ($150), we've purchased just two beef kits, one sheep kit, one swine kit and one dairy kit. However, groups of counties may want to purchase their own set of all four kits (a discount price of $500 until May 1, 1995) after seeing these from our office. Or you can obtain them from us. We'll check these kits out from our office (like the Skulls kits) for now. Because of their size, we can't really mail them but perhaps we can shuttle them with people travelling the state.


If you disliked the first video, you'll probably hate this one! Jeff Goodwin has followed up his video from last year on ethics in junior livestock shows with this new one which provides ideas to county agents, FFA advisors and fair officials with ways to "plug the leaks" in people's ethical buckets. This new video is aimed primarily at the adults, not youth members, and suggests tools that can be used to deal with potential problems before they arise. And again, Jeff takes a humorous look at the ethics issue in livestock shows. The video comes with a detailed teaching guide. Take a look at this video and decide if it has a place in your county educational efforts. (College Station, TX: Instructional Materials Service, 1995). 23 minutes.


This video teaching package is designed for youth audiences and helps youth become aware of clothing accessories and helps them use accessories to create the personal appearance they desire. The program is a cooperative venture between Extension specialists in Florida and Kentucky, the McCall Pattern Company and the National 4-H Council. The video is accompanied by a instructor's guide. Washington, D.C.: National 4-H Council, 1995. (11 minutes).


This short video tape explains the purpose of the Citizenship--Washington Focus program held each summer in Washington, D.C. The video is a good orientation and promotional piece for those interested in knowing more about this program for older 4-H members. (Washington, DC: National 4-H Council, 1995). 6 minutes.


Designed for leader and teacher training, this video is for those working with youth in clothing and textile projects. Produced and narrated by Jan Scholl, Clothing Specialist at Pennsylvania State University and former Montana Extension agent, the video covers a wide variety of topics, including: leading 4-H groups, ideal projects in clothing, club meetings, teaching skills, ideas and activities for leaders to use with 4-H members, community service activities, awards in clothing, and common questions about clothing. The video is designed to be used in segments and can be stopped at any point. Jan give suggestions on how to make a toothbrush rug, use weaving blocks, sew on buttons, keep records, model in a style revue, set up identification contests, make a patchwork quilt, and much more. (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University, 1995). 48 minutes.


We've recently acquired a valuable resource to support the 4-H bicycle project. Called "The Complete Bicycle Education Program," this multi-media package uses a positive approach to teach children in 4th, 5th and 6th grades safe bicycle-riding skills. The program consists of three modules--

(1) the bicycle environment;

(2) hazard awareness; and

(3) riding with traffic.

Each module includes a course guide, lesson plans, reproducible worksheets, and video programs using still photos and narration. The program is endorsed by the National Bicycle Education Consortium and received the top score in a test of 39 bicycle education programs rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (Washington, D.C.: Bicycle Federation of America, 1986; 1995. (202-463-6622).

(NOTE: This educational package has been revised in the last four months although the written content has changed little. A new video is available and included with this kit, however. The entire package costs $99.00 and can be ordered by contacting: The Bicycle Federation of America, 1506 21st St. N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036 or by calling 202-463-6622).


Ranch horses differ from performance horses in one very important way: they aren't allowed to specialize. A good ranch horse is a cutting horse, pleasure horse, reining horse, and endurance horse all rolled into one. But he isn't born that way. He needs to be given a foundation in all these areas so he can help his partner, the cowboy, do any job they may be called upon to do. And in any kind of weather. And in any kind of terrain.

This video features Alan Mulkey, an Oregon cowboy who has made his living on horseback. Over the years, Alan has developed a three-step method for starting ranch horses that emphasize basic skills and team work. The video was filmed at the Black Butte Ranch in the Cascade mountains of Oregon. (Eugene, OR: Daybreak Filmsm Inc., 1989) 42 minutes.


Motor vehicle accidents are the fourth most common cause of deaths in the U.S. When asked where the majority of accidents happen, most people would probably say in urban settings. However, the reality is that two out of every three motor vehical accidents occure in rural areas. "On Country Roads" is an educational program designed to reduce motor vehicle accidents in rural areas. This educational safety program consists of a video, program outline, and selected handouts. The program was developed by the National Extension Homemakers Council and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and would make an excellent club safety program. (Purdue University, 1992). Video length is 16 minutes.


This basic video is for training youth how to evaluate and identify meats. (Creative Educational Videos, 1988) 31 minutes.

CHOICES: Charting a Positive Future for Teen Parents

We've received a new video series that is now available for check out through Extension Publications. Developed by a team of 4-H and Home Economics faculty at the University of Florida, CHOICES is a four-part video series designed to help pregnant teens chart a more positive future. Issues addressed in the videos are

(1) access to adequate prenatal care;

(2) improved parenting skills;

(3) adequate nutrition;

(4) resource management; and

(5) developing self-confidence to re-enter school or the workplace.

The CHOICES curriculum is experiential and there are multiple learning activities for each concept. The curriculum is flexible enough that a leader can select activities based on a group's needs, interests and resources. The four videos are:

-- Shaping UP! Aerobics for Pregnant Teens (27 minutes)

-- Look Who's Eating! (11 minutes)

-- Growing with Baby (11 minutes)

-- Speak Out! On Stress (27 minutes)

Making 4-H Videos

Thanks to the generosity of the Meagher County Vid-Kids, we now have a copy of the video, "Making 4-H Videos" available through Extension Publications for your check out. If you look closely, too, at this year's 4-H Clover project selection guide, you will see this video referenced in the member materials for the photography project, Unit 4: Making Videos and Movies (7040). This video provides a step-by-step visual manual for the production of video programs for kids. Topics include: planning your video production; the production crew; equipment; camera shots; editing with a camera and a VCR, and more! One copy is available through Extension Publications and Audio-Visuals, or your county can purchase their own copy from: Meagher County Public TV, Inc., Box 503, White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645. Cost is $19.95 plus $3.00 shipping and handling.

A Line In the Sand

We've acquired Jeff Goodwin's most recent video about ethics in animal production called "A Line in the Sand." In keeping with his humorous approach to sensitive issues, this video outlines four critical questions that can be used to help people determine whether a practice is ethical or unethical:

(1) does it violate Food and Drug Administration law;

(2) Is it fraud;

(3) does it compromise the welfare of the animal; and

(4) does it relate to real world agriculture.

The video is accompanied by a teaching guide as well. While it's too late this year to use in preparation for the county fair, you might want to consider using this as an educational program this winter. You can check this video out from Extension Publications. (College Station: Texas A & M University, 1996). 16 minutes.


Montana 4-H has purchased a set of 6 video letters for new leaders that cover the following topics. These videos can be checked out by your county agent from Terry Wolfe in the State 4-H Office.

Video 1--What is 4-H? (Time: 13 minutes)

-- How young people benefit from the 4-H experience

-- Who delivers the 4-H program

-- The variety of projects and activities available through 4-H

Video 2--Starting a Club (Time: 14 minutes)

-- how to organize a group

-- 4-H club organizational structures

-- involving parents and other adults

Video 3--Planning and Conducting Meetings (Time: 14 minutes)

-- how to organize 4-H meetings

-- how to set club goals

-- how to develop an annual club plan

Video 4--Leadership and Teaching Techniques (Time: 13 minutes)

--the "learn by doing" approach

--what to expect of youth at various ages

--leadership styles

Video 5--Opportunities for Members (Time: 9 minutes)

--development of youth leadership skills

--club, county, state, national and international activities and events

Video 6--Opportunities for Leaders (Time: 14 minutes)

--opportunities available to 4-H leaders in the county-wide program

--state and national leader development opportunities


In response to some requests from county offices, we've purchased another set of judging videos that can be used to train judging teams. Here's a description of each of the three new videos:

Beef Judging Practice Classes with Reasons. This video provides you with a way for your judging team members to practice at any time, without animals, regardless of the weather or time of year. They see front, side, rear, walking side and walking rear views of three beef classes: Shorthorn heifers, Angus heifers, and Polled Hereford heifers. They can practice giving their own reasons, then see youth judges give a set of reasons for each class. Finally, a professiona judge critiques the youth judges.

Sheep Judging Practice Class. Your team members see front, rear, side, and head views of Hampshire ram lambs, Suffolk ewes and Hampshire ewes with which they can practice giving their onw reasons. Then they see and hear capable youth judges giving oral reasons (one per class). Finally, the youth judges are critiqued by a professional judge.

Swine Judging Practice Class. Youth see both live-video and freeze-frame views of three swine classes--Yorkshire gilts, Hampshire gilts, and crossbred market hogs. Youth judges give their reasons for each class, so viewers will be able to compare their conclusions with others.

National Swine Registry Judging Video

Thanks to a tip from Wayne Gipp, we've also acquired a copy of the new National Swine Registry Judging Video. This video combines the goal of education with six swine judging classes. The greatest strength of the video is the inclusion of performance or production data on all six classes. The six classes consist of (1) Hampshire boars; (2) Yorkshire breeding gilts; (3) Duroc breeding gilts; (4) Hampshire breeding gilts; (5) middleweight market hogs; (6) heavyweight market hogs. The video also includes placings on each class, cuts on all six classes, and an analysis of each individual in each class. Mark Hoge, the high individual at the 1994 National Collegiate Livestock Judging contest, provides a set of oral reasons. This video is a valuable teaching aid for those hoping to hone their swine judging skills using records.

Youth as Resources: The Power Within

Looking for a way to help adults understand how youth can be valued resources to your program? This 15 minute video produced by the National Crime Prevention Council highlights three youth-initiated projects in which adults act as facilitators rather than leaders. Young people talk openly about what they can do and how they would like to work with adults. Key components of each service project are described. This video will help adults appreciate the "the power within" young people and shows how they can take a lead role in community projects. (Washington, D.C.: National Crime Prevention Council, 1991). 15 minutes

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